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In this inspiring tale based on true events, 17-year-old Ali Jahani is a newcomer to a small California town, where he stands out as different in an unwelcoming community. Living with his embittered uncle, the boy faces a mountain of adversity everywhere he turns. Rejected by everyone but determined to fit in, he joins the school’s floundering wrestling team. With a chance to change how others see him, Ali must step up and learn to be a hero.

americanwrestlerthewizarddvdStudio: Warner Brothers
Year: 2017
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Run time: 117 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 DVD
Region: 1

‘American Wrestler: The Wizard’ is based on the true story of Ali Afshar, a teenage boy who escapes the unrest in Iran in 1980. However, he faces more hostility in America due to the hostage crisis. Determined to fit in, he joins the school’s failing wrestling team.

American Wrestler: The Wizard has a great vibe to it. Because the film is based in 1980, the clothing, the mise-en-scene, and soundtrack made this movie feel like a classic 80’s film. The underdog story of a scrawny kid with an inner fire who defies all odds and becomes a wrestling “wizard,” places itself against other classics such as Karate Kid or even Rocky as the film is also about an immigrant outcast who’s doubted in skills solely due to where he comes from.

Movie Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • American Wrestler: American Dream
  • Script to Screen
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Andy Madadian and Shani Rigsbee “Rise” Music Video
  • American Wrestler: American Dream

Special Features: 5/10

Final Thoughts

American Wrestler: The Wizard is an inspiring film that will make you smile, laugh, and cry. The film’s lead actor George Kosturos did a fantastic job portraying Ali Afshar as he went through the trials and tribulations of being Iranian in America during the 1980 hostage crisis.
Overall Rating: 8/10